Drafting for Speed

I woke up bright and early this morning to meet with Mark for a bike ride! The metric century is in two weeks, and I need as much time on the bike as I can get!




We intended on doing 25-30 miles at a steady pace, but once we realized that we only had a little over an hour, there was no way that we could finish in time to make it to class. Instead, we decided to pick up our pace a bit for our normal 15 mile route.


Normally it takes a little over an hour to complete the 15 mile route, because we are usually riding side-by-side and chatting. Today, we finished in 53 minutes, a whole 9 minutes faster, by riding in a single-file line.


By decreasing wind resistance, the back rider(s) use less energy to maintain a higher speed. This technique is called Drafting. Being less than a foot away from the other riders tire is a little nerve-wrecking, so its important to communicate if you need to slow down, or stop.



We were able to maintain about a 17 mph pace for the majority of the ride. I noticed that when I was following in the back, my heart rate dropped significantly, and my legs felt like they were getting a break. Crazy how it works!



Before I left, I had a cinnamon swirl bagel with a hefty serving of PB.




After our ride, I made smoothies for us!




I love my green smoothies, but after drinking soooo many for Project Glow, I wanted to switch it up. I combined:

  • 1 cup whole frozen strawberries
  • 1 whole frozen banana
  • 1 container Stonyfield vanilla fat free yogurt
  • 6 oz pineapple juice




The picture above lies… I used frozen bananas so that I wouldn’t have to add ice.




It was SOOOO good. I will definitely be making this again.




Even though I have the day off of work (for Good Friday), I have a lot to get done! I feel like its so much easier to be productive on Fridays than it is Saturday or Sundays.


❤ MegaNerd

16 Responses

  1. Well done on the ride, that’s fast!
    Hhehe that smoothie looks so cute and pretty with the baby pink – very manly 4 mark 😛

  2. Gotta love a man who can knock back a smoothie!

  3. I’ve never frozen a banana before. I will have to try it. Good job on the bike ride! I’ve been wanting a bike but I have no idea where to get a reliable used one.

  4. Yep — drafting makes things much easier and quicker but the photo you posted is actually from a triathlon (or TT) with a no drafting rule. Most triathlons have a no draft policy where you must have 3 bike lengths in between riders. Riding in the aero position and drafting aren’t a good mix since you give up a lot of control over the bike! (Google image search peloton if you want to see how crazy it can get)

    The smoothie looks yummy too 😀

  5. Nice ride! I’ve never really kept track of how fast or slow I go while riding. Now that I have a Garmin, I’m excited to try it out with my bike!

  6. I’ve never drafted before but wow you were speedy! Good luck with your work

  7. Good job on the ride!!
    That smoothie looks yummy!! I love green monsters too but sometimes you need a little break!

  8. How cute – A Pink Monster! I like it!

  9. Nice bike ride! Can’t wait for the metric century recap later this month

  10. That pink monster looks very very good!
    And that’s so interesting about drafting! I had no idea 🙂

  11. I’m always scared to ride so close to another biker! Maybe I need to practice with someone I know haha

  12. Nice job on the ride! I don’t think I’d last more than 30 minutes on a bike. 🙂

  13. mmmm those smoothies look delicious!

  14. what a great ride….you are right drafting saves a lot of time and energy-good job!

  15. Good work on the ride!

    I like the smoothie combo too. I know what you mean about smoothie overload. Happens to me sometimes.

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